A CLEARIESTOWN native who has travelled the world to pursue a career in STEM has been chosen to represent New Zealand at the Global Infrastructure Conference 2022 in Geneva. Tracey Ryan (48) is managing director at engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon where she is responsible for the leadership and performance of approximately 900 people across five locations.
Such is Tracey’s standing within the industry that she was asked to be a keynote speaker at the conference which attracts the world’s premier engineers and infrastructure stakeholders. Focusing on the role of government in upgrading existing and delivery of new build infrastructure, Tracey discussed the challenges for the consulting engineering profession in addressing legacy and new infrastructure assets.
And for her father, Thos, this is just the latest in a long line of proud moments. “She was always a tough little one, she headed off to Galway for college when she was barely 16 and hasn’t lived at home since. She was always big into science as a child and studied it in the Presentation, they do a great job there.”
Having studied in Galway, Tracey moved to the UK in 1995 where she did a master’s in hydrogeology at the University of Birmingham. She then worked for sustainability consultancy firm ERM where she would eventually relocate to New Zealand following a promotion. She is currently the Deputy Chair for Infrastructure New Zealand and Chair of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Sustainable Development Committee. She has recently been appointed Co-Chair to The Construction Sector Accord’s Steering Group.
After 27 years of working in STEM Tracey says she is “incredibly passionate” about getting more young women and girls to choose a STEM career.
*This article was corrected on 21 September to acknowledge Tracey’s father’s name is Thos.